July 28 was officially declared "Air Force Day" in New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg! This proclamation was read at AFA's Iron Gate Chapter's 50th Anniversary Luncheon this week with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz retired Air Force colonel and current New York Commissioner for Veterans Affairs Terrance Holliday in the audience.
The Air Force has a rich connection with New York; former New York Mayor Fiorello Henry LaGuardia was part of a bomb squadron in Europe during World War I, and rose to the rank of major in the Army Air Service. LaGuardia later tried to return to the service after the outbreak of WWII.
The next Air Force Week in New York is scheduled for August 2012.